Armed services set for Braemar challenge

No. 4 Regiment Royal Artillery on their way to victory at the 2015 Braemar Gathering
No. 4 Regiment Royal Artillery on their way to victory at the 2015 Braemar Gathering

Top military athletes are set to battle it out at this weekend's Braemar Royal Highland Gathering.

As the Royal Artillery celebrate their 300th anniversary they have put up the strongest challenge with No. 4 Regiment hoping for a hat-trick in the main tug-o-war event for the John Miller Shield.

However, planning to put an end to the regiment's winning streak are no less than four other Royal Artillery teams alongside Infantry, Logistics and Signals teams.

They are also facing two Royal Air Force teams and two Royal Marines Commando teams in one of the biggest Armed Services line-ups of recent years at the Royal Gathering.

This year will also see teams from local estates on Deeside compete in the ever-popular Inter-Estates tug-o-war challenge.

The title is currently held by the team from Her Majesty The Queen's own estate at Balmoral.

While the tug-o-war is gearing up to be a hard-fought spectacle competition will be just as keen on the track in the Inter-Services Medley Relay race. Honours and silverware in this event currently stand with the Royal Logistics Corp but this year they face a tough challenge from no less than three Royal Air Force teams, four Royal Artillery Teams and a further two teams from the Signals Corp.

Advance tickets for the Gathering are still available (bookings@braemargathering.org) or can be purchased at the gate.

Direct transport links are available from Aberdeen (Stagecoach) and drivers should allow extra time on both south and east approach roads to Braemar on the day of the event.

There will be restricted access to the village on Gathering Day.